Note to self…next time you give one of your kids’ rooms a makeover, be sure to take photos of it immediately after you place the final little accessory on a shelf. Because, if you don’t, you will put it off and put it off and put it off because you know that in order to take the pictures you will have to clear out all of the little ‘extras’ your child decided to add to the room once the makeover was completed.
“Mommy, I need some privacy please.” I was in my daughter’s room, working my way through the laundry basket of clean clothes, folding and sorting, stacking the piles on her bed. I had just informed her that it was time to hop in the shower but noticed that she made no movement towards undressing.
It took a moment for her words to register but the look she gave me said it all. She did not want me in there.
What do you get when you mix really cool paint technology, one ‘tween’ boy and one mom in denial over the fact that her son is actually a ‘tween’? You get one really cool room makeover AND even better…an amazing bonding experience.
‘Tween’ boys are an interesting species. One minute still pretending that a giant box is an airplane and ‘flying’ all around with his sister and the next behaving like such a young man that it completely startles you and brings tears to your eyes. Frankly this year has been an emotional one for this mama. I feel tears springing to my eyes at the most unexpected times as I see my sweet boy changing before my eyes. I go in at night while he’s sleeping and brush his hair off his forehead and can’t believe that his feet reach the end of the bed. And then I see that he still has his favorite stuffed horse, ‘Paco’, wrapped around his neck, and I can’t help but feel grateful that, for now, there is some ‘little boy’ still inside. They really are in be’tween’ two worlds, aren’t they? That’s why getting to do this makeover with my own ‘tween’ boy was such a special experience. He was 100% involved in every aspect of it and, no surprise here, was especially excited to get to try the latest Sherwin-Williams technology to help choose the colors for his room.
The Color Visualizer tool was hands down his favorite, and he loved getting to virtually paint the space and see how the color combinations would work together.
Once we had selected our colors, we headed out to our local Sherwin-Williams store! They have so many fabulous color options, and we selected SW 6148 Wool Skein for the top half of the room and SW 7533 Khaki Shade for a fun stripe around the room. The employees there even let my son scan the color and watch the tint drop down into the paint can. He loved getting to do that almost as much as going out for a treat to cap off our paint buying date!
Moving the bed from the middle of the room completely opened up the space and my ‘tween’ told me he really liked being nestled into the corner of the room. He says it feels cozier. 🙂
The new shelving and desk add the perfect rustic meets industrial feel to the room and provide much needed storage and workspace. My boy was very proud that he put them together all by himself…with Dad supervising nearby.
A map wall decal hanging on the wall over the desk pulls all of the paint colors together perfectly.
An inexpensive metal folding chair adds to the industrial feel.
And the surface of the desk has a more rustic look.
One set of shelves is dedicated to Lego storage and display.
Chalkboard labels help to keep the colors sorted.
The other side of the room has dramatically changed too. Going from this…
To this! I mean, seriously folks, doesn’t this look TONS better?!
I’ve come to accept that this might be the only time the top of the dresser looks this uncluttered, so let’s pause for a moment while I gaze at it ok?
Thanks for allowing me that moment! 😉
Paint cans make for fun book ends and also provide storage for all of the strange items that have been deemed ‘treasures’ by my child who likes to
hoard collect things.
A door picked up at a secondhand store became the perfect headboard.
And a lamp attached makes it the perfect reading spot.
We thought it would be fun to keep the stripe going right onto the curtains by painting drop cloth with the SW 7533 Khaki Shade. I’ll show you how I did it on a later date!
Time seems to be moving at warp speed these days. I look at this boy of mine and can’t help but ache a bit. It’s not that I don’t absolutely love this time in our lives and the young man he is becoming. Because I do…I truly do. It’s just, well, it’s just so bittersweet. If these last 11 years have gone by this quickly, how much faster will these next few years go? So, it may have seemed like we were simply picking out paint colors and putting together furniture, but I know that it was so much more. When I tucked him in on that first night after his room makeover was completed and he said to me, “Mom, I really love my room. It’s cool!” This wasn’t just about a makeover. This was about a memory. A moment in time where we came together and celebrated the fact that he was getting older, changing, growing. And that for all of my “I can’t believe my sweet baby boy is getting so big” and all of his “moooommmm stop smothering me with kisses,” we both know that we wouldn’t trade these moments for anything!
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The older I get the more I’m realizing that I just have to come to terms with the things that I will never be good at.
Walking through a room without bumping into something
I’m pretty much permanently stuck at a 1st grade level when it comes to my artistic abilities. Actually, that might be stretching it a bit.
Let’s just say that I’m typically the last person chosen when it comes to picking teams for Pictionary.
Fortunately, though, we always have the hope that our kids might redeem our short-comings, right? And when I realized that my daughter was showing considerable artistic talent I was not only beyond impressed at her ability but also relieved at this chance for redemption.